- GP members have rejected proposals for six-way merger of clinical commissioning groups in Staffordshire
- LMC had warned benefits of merger were “speculative” and claimed NHSE had driven proposals
GPs have voted against proposals to merge six clinical commissioning groups in Staffordshire, after being told the plans were “driven by NHS England”, HSJ has learned.
The CCGs’ shared management team outlined the intention to merge last year, but various concerns have been raised among the GP members.
The outcome of the vote is due to be formally announced after an extraordinary meeting this evening, but HSJ understands members in a clear majority of the CCGs have voted against the proposals.
The CCGs, which share an accountable officer and several other senior posts, declined to comment on the vote ahead of the meeting, and it is not clear whether they will now pursue the plans.
As reported in the Healthcare Leader, prior to the vote Paul Scott, chair of the North Staffordshire Local Medical Committee, advised his members to reject the merger.
He wrote in an email, seen by HSJ: “Much has been made of the potential benefits of having a single CCG in Staffordshire, yet few if any of these arguments hold true or are at best speculative.